Blue Zone blues
A lot of citizens are wondering what the Blue Zones Project was thinking when it choose Julie Wilson, former Chesapeake Energy vice president, as lead on this project. (See: “Blue Zones Project aims at city’s health,” Tuesday)
Many people feel that Wilson was the face of Chesapeake as it industrialized our city with gas drilling, professing it was totally safe and healthy to do. I and many others now find that not so.
From 2006 to the end of 2010 asthma in children went from less than 5 percent to almost 25 percent — the years during the drilling boon rush throughout the city. Coincidence? I think not. Now the queen of gas drilling public relations is hired to get citizens aboard healthy living, eating and exercise.
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Maybe Blue Zones Project, Texas Health Resources and Healthways of Tennessee need to hear that Wilson brings the baggage of her lack of credibility in the eyes of scores of citizens. Blue Zones Project sounds like a good thing, but Fort Worth first needs to address the pollution that gas industry emissions fume into our neighborhoods before we educate on healthy restaurant food.
— Gary Hogan, Fort Worth